2 charged in credit union robberies
Two Cleveland men face federal charges in the attempted robbery of a Willoughby credit union with a semiautomatic rifle last month, and the FBI said the men likely will be charged with robbing other credit unions.
Arvis Williams Jr., 22, and Melvin Hill IV, 21, are charged with robbery and brandishing a weapon during a crime of violence. Both men, along with a 16-year-old, have been in custody since last month, held on state charges.
Williams and the 16-yearold fled the WES Credit Union after seeing an off-duty uniformed officer, the FBI says. They had planned to rob the credit union with a semiautomatic Smith & Wesson MP-15 rifle and dropped the rifle before taking off.
Williams and the 16-yearold were caught in a backyard. Hill, accused of being the getaway driver, was found when an officer saw him walking away from a car registered to Williams, according to a criminal complaint filed against Williams and Hill.
Law enforcement interviewed all three. Williams and the 16-year-old admitted to a plan to rob the credit union, the complaint states, while Hill denied any knowledge of the robbery plot.
The FBI says Williams and Hill are suspects in other credit union robberies.